Cassville reports positive outlook for 2018 finances

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

City recognizes seven employees for service

The city of Cassville reports a positive ending to its finances for 2017.

"December has been a busy and productive month," said Jennifer Evans, Cassville city clerk and finance officer in. "We have ended the year in a strong position as far as cash balances go. All funds are ending the year with well over $100,000 in each in cash balances.

"We have wrapped up the budget adjustment and have begun work on the closing entries for the end of year procedures for 2017. We are continuing to build a healthy fund balance in all funds to serve as a cushion for shortfalls and emergencies should they arise in the future. "Financially speaking, we ended the year on a very positive note."

Evans provided further details of the city's financial standing.

"Our Asset Reserve funds in the water and sewer funds were called upon for use in 2017, but we are still ending the year with $82,913.59 in the water reserve and $90,680.56 in the sewer reserve," she said. "We ended the year taking in 2.9 percent more in sales tax than last year, which translates into 6.25 percent more than what was budgeted for the year. This gives me a very strong level of comfort in our projections for 2018 as far as the budgeted revenue projections go. Sales tax receipts for January were not available at the time of this report.

"It has been a good year. I’m very proud of the job well done of all of the staff, elected officials and citizens who have been a vital part of making the year a success. I have set my sights on 2018 and will lay out my goals for the year for you in the January report. I look forward to a great new year to come."

The city recently held an employee appreciation and police appreciation dinner. At the event, the following employees were recognized and awarded for their service and dedication to their respective positions:

• Jennifer Privett, utility and permit clerk, recognized for 10 years of service

• Danny Boyd, investigator, recognized for 10 years of service

• Jon Cherney, police officer, recognized for five years of service

• Colt Beck, police officer, Police Officer of the Year award

• Mike Hagins, public works staff, Public Works Employee of the Year award

• Jennifer Evans, city clerk/finance officer, Administration Department Employee of the Year award

• Cherry Bailey, deputy city clerk, Overall City Employee of the Year award

Evans also shared that the city hosted the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today group of students at city hall, and provided a report on staffing.

"We were able to share with them what we do in city government and law enforcement, and encourage them to be involved in their community," she said. "Part-time Court Clerk Courtney Hoppes will join the team on January 8. We are excited to welcome her aboard. Jean Haddock retired on Dec. 29, and we had a nice reception for her to send her off. We will miss her and appreciate the years of service she has given to the city. Candidate filing opened on Dec. 12; so far all incumbents have filed for their positions."

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